Page County man is indicted for wire fraud

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The United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia reports that a Page County man has been indicted for wire fraud.

A federal grand jury in Charlottesville returned the indictment charging Vernon Fisher with wire fraud and allegedly stealing over $200,000 from his former employer.

Fisher of Shenandoah Virginia is charged with five counts of wire fraud from a plastic company he worked for in Elkton.

The 66-year-old Fisher is accused of being engaged in a multi-year scheme involving over 300 financial transactions.

Fisher allegedly linked his personal bank accounts to his former employer’s accounts.

He would funnel company money to his own account for personal expenses.

Fisher was making purchases at Neiman Marcus, Kay Jewelers, Macy’s, Nordstrom, along with other high-end retailers.

In all over 300 financial transactions were made from approximately 2017 through 2021.

Along with those fraudulent transactions Fisher allegedly linked his pay pal and cash app accounts to his former employer.

He again funneled money from the plastic company’s account to his own for his expenses.

Fisher worked as the company’s accountant and controller.

Fisher was in charge of  filing taxes, running payroll, managing cash, bank deposits, and paying company bills.

If convicted Fisher faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

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WCFR fight 2 fires in less than 2 hours

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report being called to two separate fires in a short two hour period Saturday morning June 29.

First firefighters were called to a dwelling fire in the 700 block of West 14 Street Front Royal at 8 a.m.

On arrival a significant amount of smoke was seen from all sides of the residence.

Firefighters began an interior fire suppression effort and were able to confirm no one was home.

The fire was under control within approximately 20 minutes after arrival with crews remaining on scene for a little over an hour and a half.

Two adults did receive assistance from the American Red Cross.

The fire remains under investigation by Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Anyone with any information on that fire is asked to contact the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office at 540-636-3830.

Shortly after clean up of the 14 Street fire a call came in from the Hampton Inn on Winchester Road.

On arrival shortly after 10 a.m. firefighters found a first-floor room suffering from an electrical fire.

Crews entered a room to find a light ballast on fire and quickly extinguished it.

Crews remained on the scene for approximately 45 minutes clearing the smoke from the hallway of the establishment.

No injuries were reported in either Saturday June 29 event.

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VSP investigate a Page County fatal pedestrian crash

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of  a fatal pedestrian crash in Page County.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. June 29 a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling south on Route 340 was unable to avoid striking a pedestrian attempting to cross the road near Springfield Road.

The pedestrian was not wearing reflective clothing and was struck.

The pedestrian, a Silver Spring Maryland resident, did not survive the impact while the driver of the Tahoe was left uninjured in the crash.

The decedent was identified as 30-year-old German A. Mercado-Mercado.

Route 340 remained closed in both directions for several hours June 29.

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News Maker Les Morefield on Middletown’s Independence Day celebration

Middletown’s Independence Day celebration is a two day event this year.

We spoke to Middletown’s Town Manager Les Morefield about the festivities in our latest news maker.

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Les tells us that all the activities begin on July 3 at 6:30 including the fireworks around 9:15 p.m.

He also tells us that most of the activities will be centered around the town park but the whole town is celebrating.

Les also tells us of the activities for the 4 of July itself including some additional parking for the parade this year.

Click here for Les’s news maker.

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